Well, it's official - Verizon is getting the iPhone 4. The Apple/Verizon relationship developed over the last two years. The two companies began technical discussions starting in 2008 about bringing the iPhone to Verizon. The phone then spent a year in testing and design and starting early next month, the iPhone 4 will come to Verizon.

The Apple/Verizon relationship is formalized in a multi-year, non-exclusive agreement. However we have no additional details, including whether or not release schedules will be synchronized with AT&T.

At Verizon's press conference there's a lot of mutual respect sharing between the two companies. It looks like there's a desire to establish that these two companies want to work together and will continue to going forward. 

Existing VZW customers will be able to pre-order the iPhone 4 online on February 3rd, 2010. A week later, on February 10th, everyone will be able to order the Verizon iPhone 4 both online and in Verizon stores as well as at the Apple store (both online and at physical stores).

The phone will sell for $199.99 for a 16GB version, and $299.99 for the 32GB version. The Verizon iPhone 4 will feature wireless hotspot capabilities allowing you to connect up to 5 devices to it over WiFi. Verizon indicated that you wouldn't be able to use voice and data simultaneously, consistent with other CDMA devices on its network.

More as we get it.

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  • Exelius - Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - link

    The "Verizon or AT&T" issue largely boils down to geography: If you're in the Northeast US, Verizon is significantly better. AT&T's coverage is pretty awful outside the major cities, and quality is not so great inside the major cities. I never had problems with AT&T until I moved up here. I've had no problems with AT&T, but there are large parts of the northeast where you can drive for hours without a signal.

    In the rest of the country, AT&T is fine. Their network is much larger in the south and the west, and I can't say Verizon has much of an advantage there (the oft-cited San Francisco is horrible no matter what carrier you use.) In Texas specifically I can vouch that AT&T is better coverage-wise and the speed is excellent.

    But it's good to have more choice. Hopefully this will force AT&T to keep up with upgrades on their network now that they don't have a monopoly on the most popular smartphone.
  • Belard - Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - link

    Andand said: "Verizon indicated that you wouldn't be able to use voice and data simultaneously, consistent with other CDMA devices on its network."

    That sounds like FUN! Not. I can't imagine having to hang up a phone to look on the Internet.

    Just yesterday, I've been looking for a product in a store... so I went online, they were out of stock for online purchase, but their system said it was in stock in some locations. I called a location off the page (a simple press of the finger, no dialing) - the lady asked for the item #, I flipped back to the browser, had to go to another 2 pages to get what I needed to confirm with her the inventory item.

    So with an iPhone4 and others on VZ.... I would have been screwed.

    Plus.. I totally hate VeriZons interface that is on all their phones and the lack of a SIM card. I've had phones broken, and I can easily go to my older backup phones by dropping it in and continue to use service.

    Luckily, in my area... AT&T has good service and more people use it over VZ... which has more weak spots. Go figure.

    I'm an Android user.
  • Arsynic - Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - link

    Sim cards are retarded.

    Over the air (OTA) activation makes this obsolete. On Verizon all you have to do is hit *228 and go through a 30 second activation and you're done.
  • MeanBruce - Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - link

    But you can pull a sim card out of any free AT&T phone put it in your old iPhone that you are not using, give it to grandma Betsy and she has a great phone with no monthly data fee. Zero payments! Awe, I love my grandma.
  • Belard - Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - link

    Okay... how *do* you do that if the phone is dead?

    Even a friend of mine, on at&t as well, her phone was damage and waiting for its repair - I handed her my spare phone, dropped the sim - her contacts, etc and she had what she needed for a week or so.

    Hard to do *anything if the PHONE is dead.
  • extide - Thursday, January 13, 2011 - link

    Doesnt matter if the the old phone is dead. You just dial *228 on the the phone you want to transfer TO. They change some numbers on the back end and it's done.
  • RussianSensation - Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - link

    That's the most ridiculous statement anyone has made on this forum. I can go with my Quad band phone and buy a local SIM card in Europe or Dubai or Asia. What are you going to do with a CDMA Verizon phone when you travel? Throw it under the train.
  • Arsynic - Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - link

    Verizon must love writing commercials for AT&T. I've always been a Verizon customer so I've never had the capability, but I'm not sure how current iPhone owners would feel about that.

    AT&T Customer: "Hold on for a sec while I order the tickets!" "Okay, tickets are ordered, see you at the gate!"

    Verizon Customer: "Let me order the tickets and call you back."
    Verizon Customer: "Okay, tickets are ordered, see you at the gate!"

    Of course, the AT&T version of this commercial will be more dramatic have more hyperbole than a Sunday morning infomercial.

    There would probably be one ticket left and the AT&T customer would end up with it since he didn't have to hang up to go online. Hope my check's in the mail, AT&T...
  • DigitalFreak - Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - link

    AT&T already did the "voice and data at the same time" IPhone commercials a year ago. Nobody cared...
  • Belard - Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - link

    ... It would matter now. As the number of people using smart phones today are far more than a year ago, and beyond.

    I myself only started using my very own smart-phone a few months ago (I never wanted an Apple iPhone... and the AMOLED screen is nice)... so my previous phone did voice and text just fine.

    Now my phone does email (in a non painful way that is actually usable), internet, GPS, far more advance messaging with photos and video, etc.

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